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Penn Yan approves interim chief

PENN YAN—Thomas Cox was appointed Interim Superintendent of Schools for the Penn Yan Central School District Wednesday, Dec. 8. The vote by members of the board of education was unanimous. The anticipated period of employment is from Feb. 2, 2011 through June 30, 2011. Cox will be paid a salary of $495 per day.
During the meeting, the president of the board of education was authorized to execute an employment agreement with Cox, setting forth terms and conditions of his employment.
Cox is not new to the Penn Yan district. He served as interim elementary principal in Penn Yan and has done some consulting work for the district in the middle school. Cox retired as superintendent of the Gananda School District in Wayne County. He served as deputy superintendent for Monroe 1 BOCES, retiring in June.
Current superintendent of Schools Ann Orman announced she will retire, effective Feb. 4, 2011. Orman has served as superintendent for five years.
The search for a new superintendent began several weeks ago. A new superintendent of schools is expected to start July 1.
In other business: Approved a Memorandum of Agreement with Penn Yan Teachers’ Association regarding retirement Incentive for Teachers and Teaching Assistants.
• Approved a Memorandum of Agreement with Civil Service Employees Association regarding Retirement Incentive.
• Heard a presentation from high school Principal David Pullen on the new English 12 program which will begin next fall. The new program will a research paper, writing elective and two literature electives. The program will include four 10-week courses. The class will be split into four 10-week sessions.
• The board terminated bus driver Janet Lane from her position as school bus driver, effective Dec. 8.
• Accepted a $1,540 donation from John and Stacey Grabski for the Penn Yan FFA to purchase FFA jackets.
• Heard a report on the Senior Class trip to New York City. Advisor Kiki Seago said 94 of the 140 students in the senior class were on the trip, the largest number ever.
The next meeting of the Penn Yan Central School District board of education will be Wednesday, Jan. 12 in the elementary school cafeteria.



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